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Richard Munneke Napier City Council Acting Chief Executive1Doing the mahi

Richard Munneke - Napier City Council Acting Chief Executive

Three significant projects took a big step towards delivery in the last month. It’s very rewarding to see them reach this next milestone, for council officers and for the public. They are all high-profile projects that have historic significance but also are pivotal pieces of work in the forward planning of our city.

First, the demolition of the civic and library building in the centre of town is now underway. It will be slow, careful work to remove this building that takes up most of the block. The demolition work is being carried out in an environmentally sustainable way. This will help us reach Green Star 5 rating from the New Zealand Green Building Council for the new build. Processes used to take away the existing building are as important as the processes used to construct the new one.

It is also very gratifying to be taking the next steps in the construction of a War Memorial for Napier. This project has had a long preparation period and the time has now arrived to start work on the rebuild. Our main goal is to create a site with which we can commemorate those who gave their lives during times of war. It will be a sanctuary, and a place of contemplation.

We have also recently secured funding to help us with the first stages of a significant transportation project at Carlyle Street. This is a pivotal gateway to the city and an important connection between the city centre, suburbs and routes out of Napier. Our focus will be the safety of cyclists, pedestrians and motorists using this busy route. We also have an opportunity to make this area a welcoming entry statement to the city, with elements that include some of the history of this place.

All three of these projects, and these sites, are high profile and high priority for Napier City Council. They all represent part of our desires and ambitions for our city, and they all have the potential to be landmarks for future generations.

It’s rewarding to see them take their next steps towards completion. As much as there are long journeys ahead for all three, due to their large-scale nature, we have taken those first vital steps. We can see that ahead of us is the rich reward that comes after hard work, focused thought and a collective desire to do the best by our city.

Mark Cleary 2022 Civic Award Recipient at the Napier Civic Awards Ceremony2022 Napier Civic Awards

It takes a special kind of person to willingly commit their precious time and energy to improve the community they live in.

One such individual is Mark Cleary who has been awarded The Civic Award for Meritorious Contribution to the Napier community, an award that recognises people whose efforts are beyond exceptional.
Mark is a relentless ambassador for rangatahi who face challenges and barriers to gaining an education. He cares deeply about inequity, and helping people to help themselves.

Rather than retire after a long and fruitful career in education, Mark continues to advocate for others.

“Solutions lie within communities and this has been reinforced for me with the development work I have been involved with. The only way for initiatives to be successful is to build capacity from within” says Mark.

Alongside Mark, seven hardworking and humble heroes have been honoured at the 2022 Napier City Council Citizens’ Civic Awards Ceremony, held at the Napier War Memorial Centre.

The Civic Awards are an opportunity to celebrate and thank those selfless people of Napier who perform exceptional voluntary service in the community.

This year’s recipients are: Heather Brown, Graeme Findlay, Keith James, Jenny Too, Tofilau Talalalei Taufale, and Isabel Wood.

Image: Mark Cleary, Meritorious Award Recipient 2022.

O+I WebTileThe National Aquarium of New Zealand becomes an art gallery in October with an exhibition that asks people to consider their relationship with the sea.

Over 30 New Zealand artists are bringing their connection with the ocean to life through a month long art exhibition.

‘Ocean and I’ is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of the ocean and the unique roles it plays in people’s lives.

Running from 1 – 31 October, the exhibition uses a number of spaces throughout the National Aquarium and features a collection of artworks including photography, paintings and sculptures. Contributing artists include David Trubridge, Susan Mabin, Glen Colchin and Lisa Feyen.

Throughout the exhibition there will be opportunities to pause and reflect on memories and experiences of the moana, as well as contributing to a community artwork in the oceanarium. A selection of the artworks on display will be available to buy.

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Jemma Russell Annie Aranui Scholarship Winner 2022Emerging leader giving back to community

Jemma Russell is Napier’s first recipient of the Annie Aranui Scholarship, which supports young mana wāhine to develop their careers in the public sector.

Jemma, 24, works with rangatahi in her role as a social worker with a community-based organisation.

“I enjoy young people, what they share with me, the journey they’ve been on, their strength and courage to keep going,” she explains.

“You never know what’s going to come up, something might crop up, so you drop everything and respond. Most days, it’s about the small wins with our clients, celebrating wins when they have them, walking alongside them.”

Jemma will use her scholarship on an Outward Bound course focused on current and aspiring female leaders.

“It will take me outside my comfort zone, challenge me. I’ll learn new things,” says Jemma.

The scholarship was set up in 2021 in memory of Annie Aranui who was the Ministry of Social Development Regional Commissioner for Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti. Annie served in the public sector for more than 36 years.

“I am very grateful, for what this can provide me and for my career prospects,” says Jemma.

Water were on it logoLow-Manganese Drinking Water

An important project to help keep Napier water clean and clear is complete. Bores at Awatoto have been tested, commissioned and had their treatment plants installed so they can now be connected to the main drinking-water network. These bores are low in naturally-occurring manganese, which reacts with chlorine to discolour water.

Pandora Industrial Main Renewal

The Pandora industrial pipeline and has been out of operation for a number of years due to being blocked. It’s 8.6km long. This project aims to clean out the pipeline to bring it online by May 2023. Nearly 50% of the pipeline has been cleaned out, placing the project ahead of schedule. There will be a break in the cleaning operations for a few weeks so the ground can firm up before works continue along the Georges Drive drainage reserve.

Maraenui Storm Water Trunk Mains

This project aims to provide an upgraded public stormwater infrastructure network to service the Maraenui area. The new stormwater network will help maintain the level of service within the catchment area during severe weather events. We have engaged a contractor to carry out the works with concept design currently being completed.

rsz mobile library sept 2022 14From early October, a new mobile library will be hitting the road!

What’s on offer goes beyond books. Customers will be able to pick up items they’ve reserved, including books, DVDs and audio books, they’ll be able to reserve items, collect ‘grab bags’, sign up as a library member, access E-books and even use the WiFi, scanning and printing services.

Libraries Manager Nicola Saunders explains: “Our vision is to see this service become, quite literally, a vehicle to enable more people to access library services. We also want to support and improve digital confidence throughout our communities.”

The colourful van will make stops throughout Napier, including at Anderson Park, Marewa shops, Maraenui shops, Westshore and Ahuriri.

Special visits will sometimes be made to various community hubs like the National Aquarium of New Zealand, local RSAs and clubs, Napier Aquatic Centre, Nelson and McLean Parks, Sunday markets and schools.

Community Services Grant Sub Committee

We are seeking nominations from people who embrace Napier City Council’s vision of a ‘safe and healthy city that supports community wellbeing’ to serve a three-year term on the Community Services Grant Sub Committee. 

Criteria for nominations:

  1. Be a Napier resident
  2. Nominees should have relevant community funding experience and a thorough understanding of financial statements.
  3. Nominees are expected to have had active involvement in the Napier community, offer a diverse objective perspective,
  4. and be committed to community development in Napier.
  5. There is one daytime meeting per annum, which committee members must be able to attend.

Interested? Visit our Community Services Grants page for more information and to apply.

Vote 2022 Elections open from 16 September to 8 October

Napier Garden Competition Entries open October 3 2022

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